Virtual Reality


Questions we’re exploring

1. How might VR be valuable and/or enhance the learning environment?

Virtual reality is now accessible on a commercial level. Students and teachers have told us they believe it could have value in educational settings. We’d like to know more, specifically, about how VR can actually create value in applied settings.

2. What roles do perspective and empathy play in a student’s VR experience?

One hope that students and teachers have expressed is that VR will allow them to “step into someone else’s shoes” and really experience another perspective. We are curious about the types of content experiences that may enable that to happen. Also,we are exploring how 360 video impact this perspective taking versus other types of media.

3. What types of VR content prove useful in an educational setting?

Virtual reality potentially opens new doors for learning, particularly if teachers can think broadly and creatively about what might be possible in terms of learning and curriculum. We want to better understand how content is being utilized for learning and explore new ways of thinking about both curriculum and content.

4. In a classroom setting, what might break the immersive experience for students?

There is a lot going on in classrooms. Students have even expressed to us that VR can be a way for them to relax and reset during the school day. Given the distractions that can be present in many educational settings, we are curious what types of things disrupt the immersive experience for students and want to learn about ways to work around them.

Our focal areas for 2016-2017 are:

  1. Uses in Education
  2. Empathy and Content
  3. Play in Virtual Space
  4. Educator Support


VR Pilot Program Initial Findings

We have released our initial analysis of the student surveys that came out of our VR Pilot Program in the 2015-2016 school year. Check out the results here!

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Virtual Reality: Making Learning Accessible in New Ways

One of the biggest benefits to virtual reality in classrooms is how it impacts the accessibility of learning through accommodating various learning styles, better enabling global education, and allowing for the exploration of important subjects like social justice.

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Program Updates

Student and Educator Resources

Interested in finding out more about VR, trying it in your classroom, or connecting with us about it? Head over to our VR resources page.

VRDC Slideshow

In early November, 2016, foundry10 presented at the Virtual Reality Developers Conference in San Francisco. Our presentation focused on the findings and data that we have gathered over the past 3 years of putting VR in schools. Read more.

New teacher post: student voice

Check out the latest post by a teacher in our program focusing on the role of student voice in the exploration of new technology like VR!

Read the post here!

VR Infographic 2

This infographic includes findings from the data we gathered throughout the 2015-2016 VR program. Check out what we found from our first large-scale VR pilot program! Read more.

New Teacher VR Blog

One of the teachers participating in our VR study of how virtual reality can be used in the classroom has started a blog to document his journey with the HTC Vive. We are excited to see what unfolds in his middle school classroom at JP Case Middle School in New Jersey. Please check out his blog to learn more!

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Guest Blog on Archiact

We wrote a post for Archiact (who put on the Consumer VR Conference in Vancouver, BC) about the work the students did during the VR Hackathon we ran in early July. The students were tasked with solving potential challenges of using VR in schools. You can see their solutions in the article linked below.

Read the blog post!

Five Ethical Considerations for Using VR with Children and Adolescents

VR is just starting to enter mainstream usage, and while exciting, there are many factors to consider when introducing young audiences to this technology. Lisa Castaneda was interviewed about ethical considerations that have come up during our work bring VR into schools. You can check out the article on Mindshift at the link below

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Learning and VR infographic

Over Summer 2016, our intern Anna Cechony created an infographic to showcase what we are learning about VR and the potential it holds for eduction. Check out the infographic here!

VR Pilot Program

With VR now in the consumer market, more and more people are getting the opportunity to try out this new technology. We want to find out more about how it can be used in learning, and to accomplish this, we are putting VR kits in schools. Built on ideas from real teachers, we are exploring the possibilities of immersive learning through VR.

Check out this video on the pilot:

If you want to join the program, apply here.


Things we’re excited about

New site launch!